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Prophecy and Conversion (37:2–Chap. 38)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0035
 								Prophecy and Conversion (37:2–Chap. 38)

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The Joseph story, with its almost‐continuous narrative, is not substantially different from the rest of Genesis. Rather, it is like Genesis coming into bloom, and it responds to the earlier issues in Genesis. The account of Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38) fits well into the narrative, reflecting the preceding chapter in many ways (see Robert Alter). The initial account of Joseph and his dreams (most of Genesis 37) is like the account of the call of a prophet – but adapted to a wisdom mode. The story of Judah is a form of conversion story. The prophetic dreams and Judah's conversion intimate the future.

Keywords: Robert Alter; conversion; Genesis; Joseph; Joseph's dreams; Judah; narrative; prophet; Tamar; wisdom

Chapter.  6727 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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